Image courtesy of hercules3dmovie.com
I am not sure that I crazy about the Hercules being blond (I am partial to the Marvel version of the character) but other than that, I like what I see.
Now this is Hercules!
This is the first of two Hercules movies in development. It stars Kellan Lutz and is directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, Cutthroat Island, etc). The other is by Brett Ratner, and stars Dwayne Johnson. Harlin’s movie is being released by Summit/Millennium and will probably come out before Ratner’s, which is important because Millennium’s “Olympus Has Fallen” came out before Sony’s “White House Down,” and did very well, while the latter didn’t.
If the trailer for “Hercules: The Legend Begins” is any indication, visually it has a scope and a scale that invites comparisons to Peter Jackson’s ‘Rings’ films.
Besides, Renny Harlin is a significantly more interesting director that Brett Ratner, as well as better at his craft. He’s done a greater variety of projects, and has tackled more genre films. That being said, Dwayne Johnson is a much more engaging actor than Kellan Lutz. I wouldn’t say that Lutz is ’charisma-challenged,’ more so than Johnson is remarkably appealing.
Though Harlin’s film has Scott Adkins, who’s always interesting to watch.
“Paul W.S. Anderson is a successful director, yet paradoxically many of his films are barely watchable.”
I have read that George Romero was originally offered the first ‘Resident Evil,’ though his treatment of the property was eventually rejected. It’s worth noting that I haven’t read or seen that treatment, so I have no basis for understanding why the producers came by their decision.
And admittedly, Anderson’s film wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t great, but was at least effective. And since I never played the video games it was based upon, I can’t say how accurate it was to them.
Though the later movies in the Resident Evil series have gotten schlockier and schlockier, which is a pity because the production design of those that I have seen is typically top-notch (for “Resident Evil: Apocalpyse” production was led by Paul Denham Austerberry, and it’s attractive in a clinical, Germanic way. It reminds me of the work Carol Spier somewhat, which is a high complement). This time around Paul P.W. Anderson has passed the reins to Alexander Witt, whom would normally get the blame, or the kudos, for the end product.
I don’t blame Witt for the mess that is “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” because Anderson not only wrote it, he produced it (along with Don Carmody and Anderson’s production partner, Jeremy Bolt), which says that a lot of what ended up on screen Paul W.S. Anderson wanted to be there.
“”Curse Of Chucky” is at heart a very smart movie. Unfortunately, much of that smartness is surrounded by a typical horror film.”
Don Mancini‘s “Curse Of Chucky” takes the “Child’s Play” franchise back to its origins, relying more on scares and suspense than the camp of the last few entries (which were entertaining, but began to go far afield of Tom Holland‘s original – which was written by Mancini).
What’s surprising is that “Curse Of Chucky” is a very clever movie. What’s unfortunate is that you don’t realize how smart it till about an hour in.
Which is a pity because till that time it’s a typical slasher film.
What doesn’t do the film any credit is that the violence that takes place is, more often than not, more cartoony that Chucky himself, which lessens its impact somewhat. For instance, there’s a scene where Chucky mixes someone’s pasta with a liberal dose of rat poison. Now, I have never eaten any type of poison before, though I do know that most poisons taste pretty bad (often for the very reason that if you happen to accidentally ingest them, you would know it) which is an indicator that you should at least stop eating it.
Over the years, there have quite a few Batmobiles, with the vehicle changing whenever a new director helmed the franchise.
For instance, here’s the Batmobile that appeared in the Tim Burton film.
image courtesy of io9
The next version is Joel Schumacher’s. It’s a bit garish though there’s no denying that it’s a dynamic-looking vehicle. Schumacher, if I recall, did at least two Batman films, with a slightly different Batmobile in each.
And finally, the Christopher Nolan version of the Batmobile, also known as the Tumbler. Its origins are more military-based than the other vehicles, and it shows.
As popular as the Nolan films have been, I prefer the model that was unveiled in Tim Burton’s 1979 film. And if you feel the same as I do, and have over $154,413 (£90,000) to spare (which I definitely don’t), you can have your very own Batmobile.
Thanks to Carbuzz for the heads up.
Hollywood is now talking about rebooting George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” which doesn’t necessarily need it, if you give it any thought. That being said, I am not against it (as I tend to be) because the original is a good film, but also a product of its time, which was 1968.
So perhaps we’ll see a more topical ‘Dead’ film. Another reason is that, unlike with John Carpenter, George Romero sometimes has a hand in the reboots of his films (if only a writing credit).
“”Jack Reacher” is a competent thriller, held back by the ego of its lead.”
Christopher McQuarrie‘s “Jack Reacher” (based on the books by Lee Child) isn’t a bad movie by any stretch. It’s well-done and surprisingly clever at times. It also has some great fight scenes, though the film has a big problem.
And it’s called Tom Cruise.
Which isn’t to say that his performance is a bad one. Quite the contrary, it’s not great, but it’s more than acceptable.
Though among people familiar with the character of Jack Reacher, the casting of Cruise left a bad taste in their collective mouths. For instance, while I haven’t read any of the novels, the character is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 and 250 pounds.
Tom Cruise is 5 foot 7 inches tall, and I feel reasonably confident in saying that he doesn’t weigh 180 pounds, never mind 200.
I am not sure how this is supposed to play, and the trailer is a bit too revealing at times. That being said, I have to admit that I am fascinated. Forrest Whittaker – who was for the most part wasted in Kim Jee-Woon’s “The Last Stand” – plays Angel Sanchez, who comes to rely on the advice of celebrated life coach Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), whom he kidnaps.
If it plays satirically, for instance using the feel-good talk that is the stock and trade of life coaches against them, then things could be really interesting.
If it takes itself too seriously, then maybe not.
Another reason that I am interested is that “Repentance” comes from Codeblack, a division of Lionsgate that specializes in films directed at an African-American audience. From the look of it it appears that the budget is significantly higher than other Codeblack projects.
If Tyler Perry has shown us anything, it’s that there is money to be made in that market, though I suspect that Codeblack has aspirations of reaching beyond it.
I don’t know quite what to make of this. If the whole cosplay (which has always sounded like some sort of sexual practice to me) phenomena has taught us anything, it’s that there are fans of movies and then there are uber-fans.
They get bold-faced type because they devote, in many instances, massive amounts of time to celebrate some aspect of the films that they love.
But what do you call these individuals that go the extra mile? These people whose love of a particular property turns to what can only be called obsession?
Usually that’s a scary thing, but when you think about it, a drive akin to obsession is what separates the great from the merely good (the type which doesn’t have you ending up in either prison or a mental hospital, that is). Besides, I am not sure what else you can call someone who recreates Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” with over 1200 aquarelle (watercolor) paintings if not, just a tad, obsessed.
Though what I can say is Kudos, Anders Ramsell, kudos.
Thanks to Popular Science for the heads up.
As far as I was aware, the only footage of Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” were either storyboards, one of which I have included below, crude FX tests (which I have not) or pirated footage that also looked pretty bad.
Imagine my surprise to learn that Machinima posted a really comprehensive view of the trailer already (perhaps the best yet). It’s not the full trailer presented at Comic-Con, but it’s enough to tell what direction Wright is going to be moving in with the feature.
“If There’s Any Justice,”The Loved Ones” Will Rank Among The Better Horror Films Ever Made”
When someone lists the best horror films of 2012, if Sean Byrne‘s “The Loved Ones” isn’t somewhere on it, then you’ll know that the list isn’t worth the time spent compiling it. It’s well-acted, Xavier Samuel, Robin Leavy and John Brumpton are remarkable, and needs far more attention than I am aware of it having received
That’s not to say that it’s perfect. There’s a subplot that goes on for way too long (there’s a reason for it being there though it doesn’t work nearly as well as the director thinks it does) but the main plot line is so intense, it acts as a bit of a breather.
I went into this cold, and the movie just drew me in. I should also mention that it passed my official barometer of movie goodness, which I call ‘The Distraction Test.”